ERIC Number: ED178412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Intergenerational Living - A Pilot Study in a University Setting. Final Report. Student Originated Studies.
Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater.
Results of a feasibility study to integrate the elderly into the university community are reported. The program occurred during the 1975 summer session at Oklahoma State University. Twenty retired persons attended classes, participated in other phases of campus life, and lived in a university dormitory. Twenty-three students acted as surrogate grandchildren to the older participants. Both groups were tested extensively to determine the effects of the program on them. Also, administrators, faculty members, and students were interviewed regarding the effects of the program on the existing university structure and the anticipated effects of the program on the existing university structure and a permanent program. Results indicated that attitudes toward the program were very positive. Elderly participants described the experience as providing a renewed sense of meaning, promoting and providing an atmosphere where two generations can interact, and creating an atmosphere where retired adults along with younger students can develop abilities and talents. Faculty and administrators also had positive attitudes toward the program. Most faculty believed that retired persons made a positive contribution toward classroom interaction. The author concluded that the results leave little doubt that such a program is desirable and feasible. Research instruments, tables, and figures are included. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater.